Devin Clark was determined to make a statement at UFC 250.
While he did just that by collecting his second consecutive win with a unanimous decision over Alonzo Menifield, what is resonating throughout social media is what he did before and after the fight.
The 30-year-old light heavyweight from South Dakota took a knee and raised a fist during his introduction by Bruce Buffer in support of the worldwide Black Lives Matter protests that followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 6, 2020
Clark and Menifield — whose father was killed by Los Angeles police — put on an entertaining brawl that saw Clark have to overcome a possible orbital fracture to outstrike his opponent en route to the victory.
After the decision was announced in his favor, Clark again showed solidarity with the protests by raising a fist with his team in the Octagon.
Devin Clark makes a statement with a unanimous decision win at #UFC250.
And then he makes another statement in support of our brothers and sisters on the ground protesting the deaths of #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd and #AhmaudArbery.
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) June 6, 2020
The deaths of George, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests against police brutality and racism across the United States and worldwide. Those demonstrations have now reached the UFC's Octagon, where Clark wanted to make sure that he made his position loud and clear.